2005-01-28 / Community

Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

PATRICIA PAULING A Far Rockaway woman pleaded guilty last week to charges she was drunk when she mowed down and killed a pedestrian in Jamaica, District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced.

Patricia Pauling, 55, of 22-06 Cornaga Avenue, was charged with second degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated after she plowed into the two cars and struck 33-year-old German Acosta-Disla on December 27, 2003. After the crash, police recorded Pauling’s blood alcohol level at .223 percent – nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent, Brown said.

Acosta-Disla, an off-duty New York City Police Department traffic agent, had been standing by his own vehicle in front of the Aduwa Pharmacy at 114-32 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. He died at an area hospital three days later.

“The defendant has admitted her guilt and will be held accountable for causing the tragic death of a young man who had his entire life before him,” Brown said.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph A. Grosso indicated that he would sentence her to an indeterminate term of two and one-third years to seven years in prison. Pauling’s sentencing is scheduled for March 1.

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